No, wait, his wife does…
She’ll ‘only be a few moments…”
Have a few moments? To someone with a disability — MS, Parkinson’s, veteran’s with head injuries, amputees — the words, ‘I’ll only be a few moments’ don’t exist. It takes a us a few extra moments to slip an arm through a shirt sleeve, to sip our coffee, to cut a piece of chicken or take a bite of salad, to undo the twist-tie on a loaf of bread, to get socks on.
It took quite a few moments for that disabled person to get to that very parking space. Rep Hess’s actions of pointing to his wife and adding that he had elective surgery on his hip were transparent veils the news reporter should’ve seen through. Hess represents the people of his state. Don’t blame the Mrs. and then try to empathize with degenerative and irreversible conditions by comparing them to a joint replacement.
Take the opportunity to truly represent the people: fess up, apologize, and encourage your constituents to be more aware of the parking place they choose.
It would take only a few moments.